DADE CITY — Dominant pitching performances are why Land O’ Lakes and Wesley Chapel won district semifinals on Tuesday and will square up in Thursday’s Class 6A, District 7 championship game at 7 p.m. iEthan Jones scattered three hits with nine strikeouts and a walk in the third-seeded Wildcats’ 9-6 win over No. 2 River Ridge, which got five runs in the seventh inning against reliever Austin Coultas. The left-hander allowed just one earned run in 5 1/3 innings. In the nightcap, Land O’Lakes right-hander ace Nick Jennings, who was coming off a perfect game and also lasted 5 1/3 innings, allowed just one hit, fanned 12 and walked three in a 1-0 shutout of No. 4 Zephyrhills. The top-ranked Gators have won two of the past three district titles while the Wildcats, who have never won a district championship, are headed to the playoffs for the first time since 2015. Wesley Chapel (12-8) also is getting plenty of offense in the district series. The Wildcats beat Anclote 12-2 before Tuesday’s nine-run effort. “We’re swinging the bats. That’s what’s happened,” coach Gary Moye said. Jones swung the bat better than any of his teammates, hiting two doubles and a single to drive in three runs. The Wildcats also got a run-scoring double from Coultas, who scored twice and an RBI single from Jackson Choinski. Igniting the Royal Knights’ late-inning comeback bid were Devin Henwood and Joseph Mangene, who each had RBI doubles. Travis Hawks added a run-scoring single. Offense was at a premium in the second game. Land O’Lakes (18-5) got its lone run in the first. Jennings drew a two-out walk before pinch-runner Ryan Cuff scored on Ethan Frasca’s double. The Gators loaded the bases with one out in the sixth, but shortstop Dylan Wood threw out Patrick Groark at home and Zephyrhills reliever Zach Schneidmiller fanned Spencer Stephens to end the threat. “We had a chance to break this open,” Land O’Lakes coach Calvin Baisley said.